SIA FIMA to upgrade Latvian rail infrastructure

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As part of its efforts to upgrade the rail network, Latvia is investing in new track, modern rail traffic control systems and an advanced data communications network. FIMA’s Latvia-based daughter company will contribute to the renovation of Latvia’s railway infrastructure as it will upgrade the Liepaja railway station infrastructure and modernise Latvia’s main railway data communications network.

“The major contracts signed and our involvement in consortiums with local companies to renovate rail infrastructure shows that our daughter company, SIA FIMA, has already developed a reputation as a reliable partner in the Latvian market. We aim to continue to take an active part in Latvian railway renovation, modernisation and electrification projects. This could help to increase investments and introduce state-of-the-art technology. Growing experience in international projects opens up more opportunities for development,” FIMA’s Development Director, Vytautas Zinkevičius, said.

The Latvijas dzelzceļš state enterprise signed a contract with a consortium comprising Thales, Fima and Transceltnieks on the modernisation of the traffic control systems and track reconstruction at Liepaja railway station. During the project, SIA FIMA will be in charge of introducing traffic control and power supply systems at the station. It will install new transformer sub-stations, traffic control and level crossing signalling systems and will reconstruct platform and level crossing lighting systems. The company’s specialists have also been tasked with installing electrical point heating and automation systems. With the total value of EUR 24.4 million (LTL 84 million), the co-funded project is scheduled to be completed in a year.

SIA FIMA and its local partners will also upgrade Latvia’s main railway data transmission network. As part of this project, FIMA’s daughter company in Latvia will renovate 136 infrastructure objects, mainly in the Kurzeme region. The SIA FIMA team will lay fibre optic cables, assemble telecommunications hardware and install new data transmission networks as well as introduce up-to-date speaker systems. All of this will ensure better efficiency and safety when it comes to railway infrastructure service around the stations.

With a view to improving traffic safety and promoting the growth of freight traffic, the project will also include developing a data transmission infrastructure which will be required for further development of an integrated transport system. Valued at EUR 14.2 million (LTL 49 million), the co-funded project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

The building of a second track in the section between Kriveri and Krustpils – another major project in Latvia in which SIA FIMA has been successfully involved – is nearing completion. By the end of this year, the engineers from Latvian FIMA will finish installation of the rail traffic control, telecommunications and power supply systems within the section.